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The Wind in the Willows




Librivox recording of The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame.

Read by Mark F. Smith

This much-loved story follows a group of animal friends in the English countryside as they pursue adventure ... and as adventure pursues them! The chief characters - Mole, Rat, and Toad - generally lead upbeat and happy lives, but their tales are leavened with moments of terror, homesickness, awe, madcap antics, and derring-do.

Although classed as children's literature, The Wind in the Willows holds a gentle fascination for adults too. The vocabulary is decidedly not "Dick and Jane", and a reader with a love of words will find new ones to treasure, even if well-equipped for the journey. Parents will appreciate the themes of loyalty, manners, self-restraint, and comradeship which are evident throughout the book. When the characters err, they are prompt to acknowlege it, and so a reading of this book can model good behavior to children, who will otherwise be enchanted with the many ways in which the lives of these bucolic characters differ from modern life.

This book was so successful that it enabled the author to retire from banking and take up a country life somewhat like that of his creations. It has been adapted for screen, stage, and even a ride at the original Disneyland.
(Summary by Mark F. Smith)

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Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 6:47:04

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Reviewer: LesM - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2014
Subject: Brilliant !!
Can not really add anything else. Professional quality reading.
Reviewer: hellangel7 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2014
Subject: It was an amazing summer!
It was a great tale.
Great voice! i would listen to this with delight!
thanks Smith.....
Reviewer: Monaxi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2014
Subject: Thank you!
I'm a LibriVox reader who has lost her voice, and has to present the Wind in the Willows two days from now. This reading will be the best one to engage my young listeners. I am so happy to have found it!
Reviewer: Tommy F - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2013
Subject: Delightful!
Another great read or should I say performance by Mark Smith. A delightful tale for both young and old. Highly recommended. Wished it was longer
Reviewer: Calabash - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2007
Subject: Great Voices!
This reading stands out as more a performance than a reading! The single reader employs different voices for each of the animals (and humans) - probably over a dozen in all! Read with lively energy, this was a favorite with my kids. Good job!
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